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Big Ten play for Terps begins Friday against Iowa

The Terrapins (2-3-3) open up Big Ten play Friday night at Ludwig against the Iowa Hawkeyes (4-2-1).

Maryland, winless in their last five matches, will look for their first multi-win conference season under head coach Ray Leone. They have won just one Big Ten game a piece over the past three seasons.

Redshirt senior goalkeeper Rachel Egyed seems to have settled in her role as starter after splitting time with junior back-up Erin Seppi to begin the season. She has allowed only five goals in seven appearances all season, and just two in her last four.

Her exceptional performance has not gone unnoticed, being named the Big Ten goalkeeper of the week after allowing just one goal in 220 minutes against UCF and George Washington. Before that, she made a career-high nine saves in Philadelphia against Drexel September 2.

Maryland will have to look to get their attack going to help the Clifton, New Jersey native. The Terrapins have scored just one goal in their past five matches, and only six goals total on the season.

Senior Jarena Harmon leads the way with three goals on the year, but has not scored since August 24 against Appalachian State. Sophomores Anissa Mose and Hope Lewandowski have tallied a goal each, the sixth goal was an own goal by an Appalachian State defender during their August match-up.

The Terrapins open up their Big Ten slate with three straight home matches. Following Iowa, Nebraska (4-3-1) and Rutgers (4-1-2) come to town the next two Sundays in September. Maryland lost to the three teams by a combined score of 9-0 last season.